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Potatoes and Onions

Andalusian producers lose 50 million Euro due to competition

Several associations criticise entry of old French potatoes

A number of agricultural associations, such as the Andalusian and Extremadura Fruit and Vegetable Producers Association (Asociafruit), PAG Sevilla and the Andalusian Irrigation Association (Areda) have criticised the situation of potato producers in Andalusia, caused by the "permanent" entry of low quality old.....

Elisam installs second optical onion grader in Australia

In May 2016 the first Elisam Optical Onion Grader was installed at LJM Produce in WA. The 2-Lane machine, which is able to detect both internal as external defects, has been running to the satisfaction of the owners of the ambitious company. “The machine has been performing from the moment it was installed”,.....

Florida growers see growing potential for sweet potatoes

Sweet potato production is a sure sign of summer in the Southeast U.S. and this is becoming the case for more growers every year. According to USDA, production of sweet potatoes in the U.S. has increased substantially over the past decade. In 2015, domestic production figures reached record levels at 3.1.....

Launch of Powered by Potatoes contest for people with an active lifestyle

Alsum Farms & Produce is inviting sports fans, athletes and those seeking an active lifestyle to show us how you are Powered by Potatoes this summer. “Powered by Potatoes promotes the healthy, flavorful and fresh attributes of the spud targeting sports enthusiasts and athletes to fuel performance ,” says.....

PotatoSize app helps farmers predict yields with their smartphones

As part of the smart farming project, a software-based potato yield model that has been developed jointly by agridata centre Agrimetrics and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) is aimed at giving farmers reliable predictions on a crop’s likely yield and value via their smartphones.PotatoSize,.....

US frozen and fresh potato exports recover

Total U.S. frozen potato exports recovered in March, up 17% over March 2016 and bringing the total for the first three-quarters of the marketing year to 754,953 metric tons, up 3% over the same period last fiscal year, according to Potatoes USA’s data.The March recovery was led by the Philippines up 57%,.....

Peru: US main destination for frozen yellow potatoes

In the first few months of 2017, frozen yellow potato exports have had a somewhat slower pace than in the same period of last year. According to the Agrodata Peru website, between January and April of this year, Peru exported 51,121 kilos of this product for an FOB value of US $ 133,077. In the same period.....

Peru: Six new potato varieties in recent years

Science not only preserves our heritage in terms of germplasm, but it also allows developing food varieties that, in this case, combine the best characteristics of the different types of potatoes that exist in our country.Hector Cabrera Hoyos, the former leader of the National Institute for Agrarian.....

Eric Moerdijk, Monie:

"Expansion in red onions seems like too much of a good thing"

The Dutch onion season isn't ending the way most had hoped, to say the least. "It's still going, but there is nothing spectacular happening," says Eric Moerdijk of sorting and packaging station Monie from Nieudorp. "Over the coming week a boat to Africa should provide some extra sales, but the price level is.....

Kenya seeks to revamp potato farming & improve yields

Kenya’s potato stakeholders have vowed to revamp potato farming to help to increase supply as demand for the produce, mostly consumed as fries, rises in both urban and rural areas.Speaking at a national conference in Nairobi on Friday, the stakeholders vowed to increase annual potato output by addressing the.....

Italy: Domestic new potatoes vs. foreign cold-storage potatoes

It seems retailers are still giving preference to foreign cold-storage potatoes (mainly from France) even though domestic new potatoes are available. A producer and trader confirmed this and also confirmed the falling prices during week 21."Consumption, sales and prices are bad. I noticed that 80% of potatoes.....

AU: Woolworths customer’s sweet potato rant goes viral

A Woolworths customer has unleashed on the supermarket giant in a viral social media rant over sweet potatoes.Newcastle woman Leanne Stokan attracted the attention of thousands of Australians when she posted an image of packaged sweet potatoes on the retailer’s Facebook page — in a rant that drew comments and.....

Ghana looks to stop onion imports from the Netherlands

The Netherlands Embassy in Ghana has described as unacceptable Ghana’s importation of onions and other vegetables from Holland when they could be grown locally.The embassy has therefore offered to provide support to producers of vegetables in Ghana to meet domestic consumption as well as increase exports to.....

Produce demand surges in Pakistan due to Ramadan

Pakistan is currently enjoying its month of Ramadan. According to Muhammad Riaz of the export company Al Rafique, Ramadan usually causes a surge in demand for fruits and vegetables and this year is no different. “The demand for potatoes is good. The potatoes are already put in storage. The last season had a.....

Canadian potato packer gets $1m government loan to expand operations

A potato packer in eastern P.E.I. is expanding its operations with a loan from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).Rollo Bay Holdings has found an innovative solution to help meet this challenge, with support from the Government of Canada, which is working to create the right conditions for.....

Peruvian potato exports increased by 19.4% in the first quarter

According to the Exporters Association (Adex), in the first quarter of the year, Peruvian potato exports amounted to $ 594,428 dollars, i.e. 19.4% more than in the same period of 2016.Potato product exports include snacks, which accounted for 94% of total exports, followed by potato starch (2.2%), fresh or.....

Hungary: Working group to boost domestic onion production

Hungary has a long tradition as an onion producer, yet the sector's competitiveness is currently not strong enough. In order to improve this, a working group has been set up by the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture.In recent years, the acreage devoted to ​​onion cultivation has gradually declined;.....

Jeroen de Haas, De Groot en Slot:

"Huge growth market for onions and shallots in Asia and Africa"

Contributing to supplying healthy food to a growing global population. This is one of the goals for De Groot en Slot from the Noord-Holland Broek op Langedijk, a global specialist in planting materials for onions, shallots, garlic and spring onions.Blooming controlDe Groot en Slot is a family company which has.....

Canadian potato growers using GPS for more efficient planting

As potato growers across P.E.I. plant this year's crop, many are using the latest GPS technology to guide them."I'd say probably 80 per cent of growers out there would have something like this," said Will MacNeill, owner of Atlantic Precision Agri-Services, in West Devon, P.E.I."The most common technology is.....

Neiker Tecnalia to begin field trails of enhanced potato varieties

The potato is not only a basic food item and one of the main food crops worldwide, it contains a huge variety of minerals and bio active compounds with potentially beneficial effects.New genetically enhanced varieties with a high pigment content have been developed recently. They are therapeutically effective,.....

Peru increases fresh garlic exports

Fresh garlic exports present an interesting growth in Peru. According to the Agrodata Peru website, between January and April this year, Peru exported 5,165,785 kilos of this product at an FOB value of US $8,509,018. The upward contrast is evident when compared to the 2,812,032 kilos worth US$4,246,810 shipped.....

Italy: Is this the potato of the future?

PK060108 might be the perfect new potato selection for Romagna. This option was discussed on 29th May 2017 inSan Mauro Pascoli (Forlì-Cesena) during a technician day held at azienda agricola Fratelli Tramonti organised byConsorzio Agrario Adriatico.Giancarlo, Luca and Filippo Tramonti"The PK060108 selection.....

New potato freshness sachets and barbecue vegetable kit

Following the successful launch of 1kg sachets of new potatoes in spring 2016, Prince de Bretagne has created a new packaging for them this year. Prince de Bretagne’s new potato producers are based on the Northern coast of Brittany and their Breton identity cannot be missed on the 1kg sachets of Primabreizh.....

Cees Bruyn, Staay Food Group:

“Broad demand for Egyptian red onions in the Netherlands”

The Egyptian red onion season was started mid-May for the Staay Food Group. “The start was two weeks earlier than last year, and volumes are at a similar level. Stocks of Dutch red onions have decreased considerably, so there’s plenty of room for the Egyptian ones on the market,” Cees Bruyn says.The Staay Food.....

Poor storage causes $130m in losses for Kenyan potato farmers

Potato farmers incurred losses to the tune of Sh13 billion ($130million) due to lack of proper storage facilities, poor harvesting and handling mechanisms.A meeting of agriculture stakeholders heard that the losses in the sub-sector were being made worse by a lack of suitable finance products and the.....

China: "Hainan sweet potato production booms"

"This year, the production season of Hainan sweet potatoes started in April, and will continue until the end of September. After that, the production season of Shandong sweet potatoes will start in October, and will continue until March next year. This year's production volume of Hainan sweet potatoes has.....

First batches of white spring garlic cost the same as last season

Spain: "The quality of early onions has been improving in recent years"

The new Spanish onion season has kicked off with the first spring onions produced in Seville and Cordoba, which have already started to be marketed by companies such as Cebollas Cifuentes, of Almansa, in Albacete; a later onion producing area."We market both our own production from Albacete and onions from.....

Jining Greenstream

China adds 45,000 hectares of new garlic plantations

"Our research lasted for six days, from 16 May until 21 May 2017, and comprised a journey of over 3000 km. We have visited the main export sites for Chinese garlic: Jinxiang and surroundings in Shandong, Pingyi, Laiwu, Zhongmu in Henan, Qixian, and Pizhou in Jiangsu. These sites constitute 70% of the total.....

Fiftieth anniversary of potato process innovator

Magical opening of new commercial premises by Kiremko

On Friday 19 May, the official opening of Kiremko’s new commercial premises took place. The company from Montfoort designs, produces and installs machines and complete production lines for making chips, crisps and various other potato products. Younger than ever, the company also celebrated its 50th.....

Hort Connections: Inside the world's largest onion exporter

The world's number one onion packer and exporter says the secret to the Netherland's dominance in the global market is down to the low cost of transporting the produce.Wiskerke Onions from the Netherlands, producesone million consumer packs per month. This year its volume is on track to reach 172,000 tonnes,.....

Dutch specialists help Myanmar boost potato production

Specialists from the Netherlands are helping local farmers in Myanmar boost their potato yield with training in land development, systematic seeding, and proper storage. The Dutch agriculturalists have also introduced a new potato species.A Dutch enterprise agency began helping farmers in 2014, and a Dutch.....

Kenyan potato stakeholders vow to improve yields

Kenya’s potato stakeholders have vowed to revamp potato farming to help to increase supply as demand for the produce, mostly consumed as fries, rises in both urban and rural areas.Speaking at a national conference in Nairobi on Friday, the stakeholders vowed to increase annual potato output by addressing the.....

Keith Masser: "North Carolina's May potato crop is the best I've seen it"

The potato association in North Carolina kicks off each season with a gathering of buyers and growers in Elizabeth City each year, a process that’s been going on for decades. The buyers get a chance to see what’s in the ground first-hand and the growers get a chance to pitch their crop.Chairman and CEO Keith.....

Oregon onion industry expects a challenging season ahead

As local onions packers in Oregon are wrapping up sorting, packaging and shipping the 2016 crop, they are looking ahead to 2017. This year, packers will deal with a variety of challenges brought on from several sources.One of the main sources was a winter not seen in decades. It dumped piles of snow and took.....

Healthy compounds

Spain: Advances in genetic improvement of potatoes

The Basque Agricultural Research and Development Institute, NEIKER-Tecnalia, has made advances in the genetic improvement of potatoes with the goal of obtaining varieties with high levels of bioactive compounds (anthocyanins, phenols and total carotenoids), as well as a healthy antioxidant capacity, adapted to.....

Scottish college to train next batch of "potato disease police"

The health and reputation of a Scottish industry worth around £100 million a year depends on the work of “tattie roguers” - and it needs more of the potato disease police.Scotland’s Rural College Campus in Aberdeen is looking for any "rogues" to complete a five day course in June and successfully identify.....

Sweet as candy

Mildest sweet onion is in first year of production

Sweet onions have certainly gained footholds in the market, thanks to the big buzz created by Vidalia marketing, but the title of sweetest onion of all likely now has to be handed to the HoneySweet onion. The HoneySuckle red onion was recently introduced in limited quantities at the CPMA tradeshow in.....

Simplot cancels plans to grow commercial GMO potatoes in Canada this year

There will be no commercially grown GMO potatoes on Prince Edward Island this year, according to Simplot Plant Sciences, the company that developed the Innate potato.Innate potatoes bruise less and have less black spots than conventional potatoes.Doug Cole, director of marketing and communications, said the.....

Potatoes cheaper in Poland than in Ukraine

"If we look at prices in all European countries, potatoes are sold for the cheapest price in Poland," stated Oleksy Dorosenko, president of the Retail Chain Association of Ukraine. He noted that, in Poland, vegetables are actually cheaper than in Ukraine."We compared the prices of potatoes in some of the.....

Walmart stores to test skinny potatoes

Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the U.S. is expected to begin testing the Skinny Potato this month, says Scott McDulin, vice president of Schmieding Produce Co. in Springdale, Ark.“I talked to [Walmart’s] category manager two weeks ago, and he loved the idea,” says McDulin, who added that the test will be in.....

International Sweet potato Centre training Ghana farmers on production

The production of sweet potatoes in Ghana is less than 20 percent of targeted production levels, mainly hindered by perceptions that the crop is food for poor people.But the role of sweet potato is becoming more important and substantial in fostering household food and nutrition diversification.Interest groups.....

Peru is Latin America's largest producer of potatoes

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) stated that Peru had become the main producer of potatoes in Latin America.Peru produces more than 4.6 million metric tons of potato, and its followed by Brazil with 3.5 million metric tons, Colombia (with 2.13 million), and Argentina (with 2 million).Peru.....

Zimbabwe potato producers seek import permit amid shortage

Zimbabwe has run out of potatoes for making potato crisps, prompting a company in the Southerton industrial area to approach the government seeking an urgent import permit to buy potatoes from South Africa, as heavy rainfall affected local supplies.Hanawa Super Foods, a potato chips company, made the appeal to.....

Sweet onion grower-shipper launches How to Speak Southern 2.0 campaign

Shuman Produce has launched the second installment of its How to Speak Southern Campaign. This social media-driven promotion, which runs through June 30, is aimed at educating consumers on the uniqueness of Vidalia onions while also highlighting some of Shuman Produce’s favorite true Southernisms. How to Speak.....

Indian potato seed company receieves $4.6m investment

Bengaluru-based potato seeds firm Utkal Tubers India Pvt. Ltd has raised around USD $4.6 million from Zephyr Peacock India Fund and CapAleph Indian Millennium SME Fund, according to a media report.“We have taken a controlling interest with this investment. We aim to create a good franchise for potato seeds as.....

Hundreds of tons of potatoes go to waste after Australian trade restrictions

The repercussions of the tomato potato psyllid outbreak are taking shape in Western Australia, with seed potato growers starting to feed hundreds of tonnes of perfectly good produce to their cattle.With exports of WA potatoes and tomatoes still ground to a halt, and a fully supplied local market, seed potato.....

Peru becomes the leading potato producer in Latin America

Peru has managed to consolidate itself as the first potato producer in Latin America and the second in the American continent, only behind the United States, the Andean country's Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry (Minagri) reported on Monday."Indicators tell us that we are already the first [potato producer].....

China: Six weeks of rising prices for Yantai garlic ends

A continuous rise of the garlic price finally ended after six weeks, now that there has been a clear drop. In June last year, under the influence of a tight supply, the price of Yantai garlic started to rise, and continued to stay high.The decrease in prices was caused by seasonal factors. The main reason is.....

Honduras to export a second container of sweet potatoes to Spain

At the beginning of this year, Spanish entrepreneurs toured Honduras in search of sweet potato and Hass avocado plantations in different regions of Honduras, such as Ocotepeque, Comayagua, El Paraiso, Intibuca, Francisco Morazan, and Santa Barbara.According to the Minister of Economic Development, Arnaldo.....

Asda now selling purple fries

From acai bowls to purple sprouting broccoli, the trend for purple food in all shapes and sizes has been sweeping the UK. Following this trend, Asda has released purple fries, called Majesty Chips.The chips are made from Purple Majesty potatoes which have 100% naturally occurring purple pigment. The colour.....

NW Europe potato planting area grows to 10 year high

The first estimate of acreage planted to potatoes in the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) region is projected to have reached a 10-year high.Excluding plantings of potatoes for starch or seed, the total planned area is about 1.41million acres. The season estimates revealed that all five countries.....

Zimbabwe to lift South African ban on potato chips

The Zimbabwean government says it will lift a ban on some imported products from South Africa, a year after it was first imposed.The ban triggered angry demonstrations, some of them violent, by cross-border traders. Industry Minister Mike Bimha says the ban, imposed last June, had achieved its purpose.State.....

US officially begins process to renegotiate NAFTA, Potato Council applauds

The United States has officially indicated its desire to renegotiate the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement, triggering a 90-day consultation window before formal talks begin.The clock was set ticking today in a letter from U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he is.....

UK approves GM blight resistant potato field trial

In the United Kingdom, farming minister George Eustice (DEFRA) has approved a four-year trial of genetically modified (GM) potatoes at The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich between 2017 and 2021.The trial site, which is at the John Innes Centre, must meet various restrictions, including maintaining a width of 20.....

Chile leads organic ginger production

The US prefers Peruvian ginger

In 2016 China was the world's leading producer of organic kion (ginger), as it accounted for about 42% of the world production. It was followed by Peru with 41% of the production, according to the Peru's Commercial Office (Ocex) in New York.The marketing of kion or ginger, a root containing a variety of.....

China: Garlic prices dropped over 30% in the last week

According to the latest market statistics, the garlic price has dropped dramatically. In one week it fell by over 30%. The latest data show that the distribution price is now between 1.3 and 2.2 yuan/500g. Compared to last week, that is 36% lower, and compared to last year it is a decrease of 32%.The reason.....

Belgium: Colruyt tests new collaboration directly with potato producers

Colruyt is the first distributor in Belgium to initiate a cooperation with potato producers. Nine producers, working directly with Colruyt, have just planted 5,000 tons of potato plants. Colruyt says that through the project, they want to “offer their clients potatoes that are of an even more stable quality,.....

Improved fruit and veg prices increase UK farm income by 3.3%

Figures released from UK farming ministry Defra reveal UK farmers’ income increased by 3.3% last year, with the sector’s contribution to the UK economy down slightly to £8.548billion.Provisional figures from the UK Government’s food and farming department suggest Total Income From Farming (Tiff) in real terms.....

“Potato variety Divaa could possible replace Kennebec”

Potato variety Kennebec is a well-known mid-early to late variety in southern countries. It’s a white-fleshed variety and is used for chips year-round. In the future, it could be replaced by a new variety. “Divaa is a new variety. It looks better, is stronger and has higher yields,” says Francis Binst from.....